That's OK if you do not see an issue.

There are people who would not see an issue if ExxonMobil would finance Greenpeace (thanks @aral for the example).

There are people who do not see an issue if Facebook or Google finance newspapers.

There are people who did not see an issue when the Stasi came.

Do you think there will be many talks at speaking up against Google, Amazon or Facebook?

Maybe its time to boycott Conservancy and #fosdem until such time as they're no longer promoting GAFAM. I understand that the history is complicated, but in 2020 we now have a very clear picture of how toxic those companies are in a multitude of ways.

The oldies like me need to remember why they originally resisted Microsoft, and not end up rationalizing away similar or worse abuses coming from Google and Facebook. In a lot of ways the problems created by those companies are much more existential than a sweating Ballmer hurling lawsuits and office furniture.

You can be funded by Google or Facebook or some other surveillance capitalist, or you can advocate for human rights and democracy. Pick one.

Highlights from the on-going (CA) leak:

Facebook Vice President Andrew Bosworth wrote: “So was Facebook responsible for Donald Trump getting elected? I think the answer is yes.”

Brittany Kaiser (CA leaker): "the Trump campaign put together over a million different advertisements."



The Guardian reports on a new leak whose documents will be released over the next months.



This is a useful way to see how the different protocols of the #Fediverse and #Federation interact and which software uses which.

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’ - Company’s work in 68 countries laid bare with release of more than 100,000 documents theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/j


#fediverse in 2019

In 2019 the number of fediversed registered accounts increased from 2.500.000 users to roughly 4.300.000 – about 🎉 1.800.000 newcome

Five networks growing most rapidly in online server numbers in 2019 were:

#Pleroma +182
#Mastodon +159
#Writefreely +147
#Pixelfed +73
#Peertube +63

Following last years tradition we'll have a #fdroid meetup at #36C3 on the day 1 at 1400.
Last year we had a room with 12 seats and 60 minutes, this year we'll have a lot more space at #cbase and 90 minutes 🙂.

There will be lots of stickers. See you all there.



This account is inspired by the awesome @FuckOffGoogle initiative in Berlin.

Is there anybody interested to protest against Google in #Zurich too?

Thousand postcards like this are awaiting to be distributed around the Google campus...



This story is totally crazy! Thanks for sharing it!

For curiosity, how do you interpret in the last paragraph of image 2:
<<It is further ordered that any information that is **UNRELATED** to the objective of this warrant shall be sealed>>
-I would have written "related" instead...!?

Also, do you have a link to the source of these two images?

Oh, and the Facebook/Google/Amazon/Microsoft/Apple? Nein danke stickers are here too :) #36c3

One commonly mentioned danger of a large corporate player like Twitter coming into the decentralized social world is the Embrace-Extend-Extinguish tactic, wherein one entity adopts a common protocol, and once it acquires a large marketshare then makes itself incompatible through custom changes, locking its users in and leaving the common protocol for dead.

A paper about violations and consent:


In the conclusions:
"we have identified four legal violations of both the GDPR and the ePD and we have detected them on 1426 European websites that use TCF cookie banners. We have detected at least one of these violations in 54% of websites."


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